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Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater

A Wild Show

It’s a pretty wild world out there – and we bring you the wonder of it. Meet animals daily in our Close Encounters (fall-winter) – you never know who you’ll see. Then come back for our brand new live animal show, opening May 9-10!

Discover Wild Wonders

Close Encounters
12pm daily
A sloth? A lynx? You never know who you'll meet at a Close Encounter. Sit close-up to animals as zookeepers explain just what makes them so wonderful.
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Find it
in the zoo
Head straight downhill from the central plaza and you’ll spot the theater, with its partially covered seating and ADA-accessible ramp. Be sure to get there early for a good spot.
Plan your day

Meet the stars!

Herald
Mazie
Siesta
Orchid
Bach
Twiggy
Scooter
Clark
Gonzo
Tilli
Tahoma

Protecting Wildlife

Saved from extinction.

THE THREAT: Some of our animal ambassadors in the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater are from species that are threatened in the wild: bald eagles, Canada lynx, clouded leopard.

TAKE ACTION: The good news is that humans can help save animal species. We brought bald eagles back from the brink of extinction. We can save others.

Wild Stories

Closed but Still Caring

We may be closed due to recent restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), but our keepers and veterinary team are still at the zoo every day caring for our animals. From enrichments to treats, check-ups to scratch-downs, here’s how we’re #closedbutstillcaring. Click on any image to start the slideshow. Mouse over to see … Continued

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Cho Cho, the Oldest Siamang

How does it feel to be the oldest siamang? Well, for Cho Cho, snuggled up with his companion Dudlee on a crisp fall morning at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, it seemed pretty cozy. This year Cho Cho is celebrating his 53rd birthday – which makes him the oldest siamang on record in human care … Continued

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Animal couples at the zoo

TACOMA, Wash.–Love is in the air at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium! In honor of Valentine’s Day, visitors will have a chance to celebrate the zoo’s animal couples on February 15 and 16. There’s no concrete way to measure an animal’s love but many of the animals at the zoo are coupled up, or longtime … Continued

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Other Animal Stars
Get to know all the animals in our Wild Wonders show and Close Encounters! Find the full list here.